Media and Cultural Studies Specialization

MSCH-F 309 Images of War and Peace in Public Culture

(3 cr.) CASE A&H

Examines the cultural contestation of images of war and peace with a focus on the materiality of political images in a variety of verbal, visual, and acoustic media across a range of cultural forms such as film, literature, art, public memorials, and political texts. May be repeated when the focus is on a different country or region for a maximum of 6 credit hours in MSCH-F 309 or CMCL-C 311.

MSCH-F 311 Media History: Mass Media & Democracy

(3 cr.) CASE S&H

P: One of MSCH-C 213, MSCH-C 207, TEL-T 205, or TEL-T 207, with a grade of C- or higher; or consent of instructor. Surveys the historical development of mediated communication suggesting linkages between the past and present. Examines a variety of time periods and media forms: telegraphy, telephony, radio, television, and computer communication. Credit given for only one of MSCH-F 311 or TEL-T 311.

MSCH-A 315 Advertising and Consumer Culture

(3 cr.) CASE S&H

Critical examination of advertising’s role in modern societies. Focuses on marketing and consumption as central activities in shaping personal identity and social relations. Credit given for only one of MSCH-A 315 or CMCL-C 315.

MSCH-V 334 Current Topics in Media

(3 cr.)

Analysis of selected problems in media studies. Topics vary each semester. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in MSCH-V 334 and CMCL-C 334.

MSCH-F 336 Using Popular Culture: Media and Cultural Studies

(3 cr.) CASE S&H

Critical exploration of the form, content, and uses of popular culture in everyday life. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in MSCH-F 336 and CMCL-C 336.

MSCH-F 392 Media Genres: Queer Cinema and Beyond

(3 cr.) CASE A&H

P: MSCH-C 101 or CMCL-C 190, or consent of instructor. Topic varies. Analysis of typical genres, such as westerns, situation comedies, documentaries, etc. Problems of generic description or definition: themes, conventions, iconography peculiar to given genres. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in MSCH-F 392 and CMCL-C 392.

MSCH-F 392 Media Genres: Crime and Punishment

(3 cr.) CASE A&H

P: MSCH-C 101 or CMCL-C 190, or consent of instructor. Topic varies. Analysis of typical genres, such as westerns, situation comedies, documentaries, etc. Problems of generic description or definition: themes, conventions, iconography peculiar to given genres. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in MSCH-F 392 and CMCL-C 392.

MSCH F 420 Topics in Media History: Visual Culture

(3 cr.) CASE S&H

Media historiography, topics in national media history, national and international movements and trends. Topic varies. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in MSCH-F 420 and CMCL-C 420.

MSCH-F 445 Media Culture and Politics: Words and Images in Public Culture

(3 cr.)

Examines the role of media in the political process. Topic varies and may include censorship and free speech, social movements, politics of representation. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in MSCH-F 445 or CMCL-C 445.

AMST-A 200 Comparative American Identities: Race and Visual Culture

(3 cr.) CASE A&H, CASE DUS

Examines the formation of legal, social, cultural, and economic identities within the United States and within U.S.–controlled territories. Who counts as “American”? To what ends have citizens and non-citizens assumed, claimed, or refused “American” identity? This course employs a comparative frame in considering elite and subordinated classes (and/or genders, races, ethnicities, sexualities); institutional and countercultural forms of self-definition; official history and alternative acts of collective memory.

MSCH-T 410 Media Theory

(3 cr.)

P: MSCH-C 101 or CMCL-C 190 or consent of instructor. Survey of writings, concepts, and movements in media theory. Credit given for only one of MSCH-T 410 or CMCL-C 410.

MSCH-J 410 Media as Social Institutions

(3 cr.) CASE A&H

P: One of MSCH-J 300, MSCH-H 300, JOUR-J 300, or JOUR-H 300 with a grade of C- or higher; senior standing. Examination of the functions and impact of the mass media in society with primary focus on the United States. Discussion of the values of media organizations and the professional and ethical values of journalists. Critical analysis of the relationship of the media and society and the effect of political, economic, and cultural factors on the operation of the media. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 410 or JOUR-J 410.

MSCH-A 438 Advertising Issues and Research

(3 cr.)

P: MSCH-A 320 or JOUR-J 320 and junior/senior standing, or permission of instructor. Seminar in current developments in advertising as an economic and social force. Examines contemporary issues in the profession. Students will conduct independent and original research projects. Credit given for only one of MSCH-A 438 or JOUR-J 438.

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